Mwandini, sho u right! China is busy in Africa while Europe/US is busy elsewhere , like Iraq. The have failed to crack Iraq, Africa is an easy option.
We are back to the cold war era when African countries were simply strategic interests in the the global supremacy war.
The super powers need huge amounts of raw materials to sustain their appetite for global power. Africa happens to be about the only place they can obtain such materials at next to nothing cost.
Consider this, the EU constitution is DEAD, (Straw to sound death knell for EU treaty). The United Europe may not happen, if at all. It is now one for himself.
The European countries are beginning to scramble for Africa, even the pop stars, Live 8, are cashing in on Africa.
Look out, the imperialists are coming back!